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Patent prosecution update: June 2014

USA - June 26 2014 The past three months have been a busy period for those following the U.S. patent eligibility law. Recent examination guidance published by the U.S…

Elliot C. Cook, Elizabeth D. Ferrill

Novartis v. Lee: a new method for calculating U.S. patent term adjustment

USA - February 10 2014 On January 15, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued its much-awaited decision in Novartis v. Lee, concerning the effect of a Request for Continued…

Anthony C. Tridico Ph.D.

Secondary considerations: of primary importance in defending against an obviousness challenge

USA - January 28 2014 To determine whether a claim is obvious, the decision-maker must: determine the scope and content of the prior art; determine the differences between…

Inequitable conduct post-Therasense: two important recent rulings

USA - November 13 2013 Inequitable conduct is a highly potent defense to patent infringement in the United States. As the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has…

Patent prosecution update: September 2013

USA - September 19 2013 Although "the words of a claim are generally given their ordinary and customary meaning," Thorner v. Sony Computer Entm't Am. LLC, 669 F.3d 1362…

Elliot C. Cook